It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Mary walks the wildlife

Puppies need a lot of exercise. Possibly more than a toddler. Certainly faster than a toddler…

However, we do the best we can, here at Casa Mary. She goes for an early-morning off-the-leash run with Stephen in a nearby dog park first thing, and another in the evening. She loves to run, and is so beautiful to watch, racing full out. But a puppy can’t go ten hours between gallops (never mind pees) so we need to manage a daytime outing or two.

And we do! With four toddlers (at the moment; number five starts next month), certain parties were wondering how it was possible. Perhaps you were wondering, too.


Though I may look relaxed, my left hand is exercising a death grip on the leash. She’s not a bad walker… until, that is, she sees a squirrel. Then all bets are off. She’s much, much better than a month ago. We no longer perform the Two-footed Squirrel Dance, but there is still rather an exuberance of prancing…

Which is why the toddlers are on the other side of the stroller…


September 4, 2008 - Posted by | outings | , , ,


  1. lol, i should get someone to take a picture of me with the double pushchair with the buggy board on the back, baby in the back pack carrier and an older child running along side! I dont take the dog though, cant bend down with baby in the carrier to scoop-poop and get back up again!

    Comment by jenny uk | September 4, 2008 | Reply

  2. That is an adorable picture. Your hat is too cute!!

    Comment by Kelsey | September 4, 2008 | Reply

  3. Way to get those kids up and walking! Props to you! You’ve got your hands full!! :):)

    Comment by nannyu | September 4, 2008 | Reply

  4. Agree with Kelsey… the cute quotient is way high for that picture 🙂

    Still waiting for the kid’s interpretation of Indie…

    Comment by Suzi | September 5, 2008 | Reply

  5. Love the cute factor and yes — the hat!

    Puppy seems to be part basenji, I think. Her body structure is totally basenji, as is the curled tail. Does she bark much? Wonder what her other half is?

    The B-dogs I used to own were ALL about the two-legged-squirrel dance, and man they could pull on that leash with about 2-3x their body weight. Good arm/shoulder workout, as long as you’re prepared!

    Comment by Allison | September 6, 2008 | Reply

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